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Hawks head to Washington for first of back-to-back games

After a dramatic home finale victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, the Hawks have a back to back road trip to finish the season, facing the Washington Capital’s on Friday night.  The Hawks hold the only victory of the season series, as they beat Washington on opening night after their electrifying banner raising ceremony.

 

The Caps are looking to finish the season strong after officially being eliminated fr...

Caps hit the west coast plus other things

The following is a rant broken into mini bits of thoughts poorly strung together. It's going to cover a whole lot of bleepin' (this is how I'm going to curse because I'm in the mood (I'm always in the mood) for a good curse) subjects. If you come to something you don't like, skip down some. Or just bail on it. I ain't mad at ya.

(I'm a little rude to Canada later. It's nothing against you personally, Canada. All the Canadians I know are lovely people, I just got my feelings hurt.)

The Washington Capitals are going down the left coast this week and the games are late, so I'm probably not going to watch.

It's probably just as we...

First preseason game in DC and what I know about the season

Tonight is the first preseason game in D.C. for the Capitals. Their preseason roster is playing the preseason roster of the Chicago Blackhawks, the champs themselves. If Washington Redskins fans can tell you anything about preseason results, it’s that preseason game results are beyond all of lies, damn lies and statistics. Don’t stress the score. This is still part of the buildup to a real season of hockey and the score is not important.  What’s important is that there is hockey in D.C. again. This I know. (There will be an outdoors game in D.C. in 2015 too. The temperature during the week will undoubtedly hover around 45 degrees and the game will be pla...

Our Savior, Kimmo!: Timonen Sparks Comeback Win on Resurrection Sunday

The Flyers may have turned a corner, finding their comeback identity and pulling off a stunning comeback of the Capitals.

Kimmo Timonen blasted the game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation and then set up Ruslan Fedotenko for the game-winner in over time to beat Washington, 5-4. It capped off a one-goal, three-assist night for Timonen, who resurrected his team with two primary assists and a goal in the final 10 minutes of play.

(Pictured: Defenseman Kimmo Timonen is greeted by teammates after scoring the game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

4-1 loss to the Canadiens signals panic time for the Caps

It is now time to panic.

The Caps are 0-3 after a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

More shocking than the record is the regression.

What was once a below average penalty kill unit is now a horrible penalty kill unit.

What was once one of the two best players in the league has become a shell of his former self.

What was once a young team, full of promise, now looks like a team of lost causes.

What was a team conceivably within one lousy penalty of the Eastern Conference Finals is looking awfully lost at the moment.

Losing isn't the problem. Teams lose all the time. Three-game losing streaks happen all the time.

Losing and looking this ...

No Balance to Washington Capitals Lines

 

Balance is good. It's good for a lot of things. It's good for tires. It's good on a beam. It's good on a seesaw.  Having balance on a seesaw is having two riders of near-equal weight who get to enjoy flinging themselves up into the air with the help of the weight of the other rider. Without balance, the lighter of the two riders is stuck up in the air, legs waving wildly, until his fellow rider decides that this ride isn't worth it, gets off and sends his partner crashing back to the ground. Expect a lot of wild waving legs from the Washington Capitals right wingers this season as the team is left-wing heavy. Right now, the right...

Jeff Halpern Agrees to One-Year Deal With The Rangers

 

The New York Rangers announced Monday night that they had reached an agreement with free agent center Jeff Halpern on a one-year contract worth $700,000. 

Halpern spent last season with the Capitals, appearing in 69 regular season games, scoring four goals and tallying 12 assists.  He played in just two playoff games for the Caps, as then coach Dale Hunter preferred Jay Beagle as the fourth line center.


The biggest facet of Halpern’s game is his ability to win face-offs.  Even as a fourth-line center getting limited minutes, Halpern was second on the Caps in face-off wins with 365 during the 2011-12 season.  Only Brooks Laich...

Islanders Rock the Red Hot Caps

The Islanders halted their 5 game losing streak, defeating the Capitals by a score of 5-3.  PA Parenteau added the go-ahead goal with under 2 minutes to play, and John Tavares added an empty netter to seal the victory for the home team.

Coach Jack Capuano finally decided to try new line combinations to spark the offense, and the players responded in a big way.  It took a period to find their in-game chemistry, but Capuano’s new look Isles came up big in the final 40 minutes of play. 

The Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Frans Neilsen added a goal early in the second period to cut the lead in half.  Neilsen took a shot from just inside the blue...